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Mozart Requiem - The Observer


02 July 2002
The Observer
Anthony Holden

If you've always shared the general unease about his pupil Sussmayr's completion of Mozart's sublime Requiem, you will share my enthusiasm for its wholesale reworking by the American academic Robert Levin, which smoothes out all the dubious passages while adding fugues and other details, often strikingly dissonant, based on Mozart's own sketches. The results ... are breathtaking.

Linn contuinues its association with Sir Charles Mackerras and the SCO in a ravishing recording made in Dundee's Caird Hall, boasting stellar soloists led by mezzo Catherine Wynn-Rogers and soprano Susan Gritton (available at www.LinnRecords.com complete with the Adagio and Fugue in C minor K. 546).


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